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Aurora man guilty of beating grandfather to death

4/19/2017 8:03:13 PM

An Aurora man was found guilty of beating his 84-year-old grandfather to death during an argument that started over some shrimp.

An Arapahoe County jury found Jason Vanbommel, 34, guilty of reckless manslaughter and first-degree assault of an at-risk adult, among other charges. First-degree assault on an at-risk adult is a Class 2 felony, reckless manslaughter is a Class 4 felony.

On Dec. 29, 2015, Vanbommel’s grandmother was preparing dinner. Vanbommel argued with her over the shrimp she planned to prepare. Frans Vanbommel, 84, interceded and told Jason Vanbommel to be respectful of his grandmother. Jason Vanbommel flew into a rage, throwing things and yelling profanities. When Frans Vanbommel tried to use the phone to call 911, Jason Vanbommel began punching his grandfather in the head with full-strength blows. When Frans Vanbommel fell to the floor, Jason Vanbommel kicked him in the torso, fracturing his ribs.

Jason Vanbommel left the home; police were called and responded to the scene.

The condition of Frans Vanbommel deteriorated. He was admitted to a hospital and died Jan. 6.

“Frans Vanbommel deserved to live out his life in peace and safety surrounded by his family. Instead he died horribly at the hands of his own grandson, Jason Vanbommel,” said Chief Deputy District Attorney Brian Sugioka, who prosecuted the case. “With this verdict, the jury made clear that elder abuse will not be tolerated in this community, regardless of whether it is perpetrated by a complete stranger or a member of the victim's family.”

The presumptive sentencing range for a Class 2 felony is 16-48 years. At a hearing Tuesday, Judge Phillip Douglass determined that Jason Vanbommel is a habitual criminal, rendering him eligible for enhanced penalties.  Sentencing is scheduled for June 16.

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